NEW JERSEY, USA – November 13, 2018 – XSite Modular, the leading prefabrication consultant and design-builder of Critical Infrastructure Buildings worldwide, has been awarded a contract to design and build two cable landing stations and four repeater stations as part of the Philippine National Broadband Plan (NBP). A Philippine government program, the NBP was established to accelerate the deployment of fiber-based and wireless technologies to improve internet speed and affordability across the country.
As part of the NBP, the landing and repeater stations will be a key component of the larger Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) submarine cable system, a 13,000-km (8,000 mile) transpacific cable that will link the Philippines, Hong Kong, the United States, and Taiwan. With co-building by Google, Facebook and PLDC (Pacific Light Data Communication), the PLCN cable system will deliver more than 144 Tbps of capacity and will be the first subsea link directly connecting Hong Kong to the United States. The entire system is scheduled to be ready for service in 2019, and has gained interest and commitments from top tech firms operating worldwide.
“Our MCLS and repeater stations can withstand the worst natural disasters, security threats and failure scenarios imaginable,” states Amy Marks, CEO, XSite Modular. “The permanent steel and concrete buildings are designed to a 50-year lifespan and constructed using modular technology, which is ideal for scenarios such as these. We’re honored to have been awarded this contract and are excited to be a part of the great work being done by the Philippine government.”
XSite’s MCLS and repeater stations will provide critical services, including cooling, ventilation, fire detection and suppression, AC backup power, cable management, access control, video surveillance and a building management system, among others. Once completed, the buildings will be shipped to various locations throughout the Philippines where they will be set, assembled and tested to meet the highest standards for critical infrastructure.
“We chose XSite as our partner in this venture for some very fundamental and vital reasons,” states Joshua Bingcang, Senior Vice President for Business Development and Operations Group of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority. “Their modular approach made design and construction of the structures easily customizable and able to meet both our strict delivery deadlines and budget demands. But most importantly, XSite provides best-in-class and proven building techniques that offer the safety and reliability guarantees that are simply without compromise. We’re thrilled to have them as our partner in developing and implementing this critical plan to advance broadband access throughout the Philippines.”